verb (used with object), de·sid·er·at·ed, de·sid·er·at·ing.

to wish or long for.

Origin of desiderate

1635–45; < Latin dēsīderātus (past participle of dēsīderāre to long for, require), equivalent to dē- de- + sīder- (stem of sīdus) heavenly body, constellation + -ātus -ate1
Related formsde·sid·er·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for desideration



(tr) to feel the lack of or need for; long for; miss
Derived Formsdesideration, noun

Word Origin for desiderate

C17: from Latin dēsīderāre, from de- + sīdus star; see desire
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